Another Wise Decision Story

Joel, a long time customer and promoter of our DD service, called us Sunday night to come take three girls and their car home from a local watering hole – Schooners. We showed up to meet Rashelle, Brandy and Ashley who were glad Joel told them about our service. We also met an intoxicated macho-cheese brain who was belittling the girls for NOT accepting his drunken offer to take them home. He was insulting to them – and to me – for their wise choice to stay out of the car of an inebriated driver – not to mention his pig-like approach to ‘impressing’ pretty ladies. The girls and management asked him to leave and offered to call him a taxi. He refused.

As we left the building, he followed us out to the parking lot, still insulting us. Then he informed the girls he was “man enough” to drive himself home. The girls finally unleashed their frustrations at this numbskull. Brandy said, “If you want to kill yourself, that’s one thing, but you are likely to take an innocent person with you!” The other two girls made similar pointed, stinging criticisms, while still encouraging him to call a taxi. He was stunned and quiet for a few minutes as he listened to the results of the ‘impression’ he had made on them – obviously not exactly the one he thought his meager social skills were making. He finally wandered off, resuming his lame insults as he slithered into an alley. We respectfully drove the ladies safely home.

Rashelle, Brandy, and Ashley are our newest heroes! Joel is also a hero who encourages (and often pays for) many of his friends and acquaintances to use our service. The management and wonder-staff at Schooners are also very diligent in calling us for their customers.

Be a Hero! Don’t say please. Just take the keys!

Another – ‘Don’t Say Please, Just Take The Keys’ True Story

Crystal, an occasional customer of ours,  and her manager from work went out to dinner here in the SCV. The two ladies drove separate cars. The manager had a few drinks and Crystal thought it better that the lady not drive herself home. Crystal took the keys away from her inebriated friend and called us to come and get her boss safely home. Upon our arrival, Samantha and I introduced ourselves to the manager.

I (Mark) normally drive the customers home in their own cars. Samantha typically goes on ahead to the destination and waits for me.  As Crystal, her manager and I walked up the stairs of the parking structure, the two ladies whispered between themselves. I could feel an uneasy vibe developing. When we arrived at the manager’s car, Crystal informed me that the lady was not comfortable having me drive her home. I immediately called Samantha and had her return to the scene.

By the time Samantha arrived, Crystal’s manager friend had become quite indignant that Crystal had taken her keys and called these ‘strangers’. Now she did not even want Samantha to drive her car. She demanded her keys back, but Crystal refused. The inebriated lady walked away and hid behind a brick wall. Samantha asked Crystal if her manage would let Crystal drive her home. Crystal went behind the wall and asked the now hostile lady if that would be OK. Her manager agreed to this arrangement. We quickly shuffled the lady into her car before any more protests. We followed as Crystal drove her manager and her car home. By the time we all arrived at the manager’s house, the tension had subsided and everyone was all smiles and hugs. I told the lady that Crystal had shown character traits of a true friend, and the lady agreed. With the mission accomplished, we shuttled Crystal, the hero, back to her own car.

Crystal showed that her friend’s well being was more important to her than the relationship they have at work. She did not know whether her manager would heap some reprisal on her at work, be grateful, be angry, or even remember the events of this night. She did not care about any other consequences except those involving her boss trying to drive home when she should not. This is what is needed when and inebriated person starts making poor decisions.

It is ‘Cool to Care!” Don’t say Please, just take the keys!!!


Don’t Say Please, Just Take The Keys – A Text-Book-Perfect Example

We have orchestrated an educational program and campaign called ‘Don’t Say Please, Just Take the Keys’. We are part of a non-profit organization called ‘The Santa Clarita Zero DUI Alliance’. This group comprises the SCV taxi companies, the Newhall Signal newspaper, Santa Clarita Magazine, the local radio station KHTS, The SCV Chamber of Commerce, The SCV office of the LA County Sheriff Deptartment, The local ER staff, and the local CHP office.

This is a true story that happened in January, 2013.

We had just left an SCV Chamber of Commerce social gathering when we got a phone call. Someone named Darren saw the magnetic sign on our car as we passed and called us. He told us of a girl he had just met at Hot Wings Cafe who needed our services badly.  We were minutes away and returned quickly. We met Darren and his new friend outside. He explained she wanted to drive but was in no condition to do so. He handed me her keys and $20.00. He did not know where she lived, but her friend did. A pretty lady named Domarina joined us outside and gave me another $10.00. I asked her where her friend lived, but she didn’t know either. Domarina helped find her friend’s car in the parking lot. When we got to the car, the inebriated girl demanded her car keys and told me to leave. This kind of scenario is tricky. She does not know me and I would be overstepping my social bounds to deny her wishes. But, Domarina came to the rescue. She took her friend’s keys and told her she could sit in the parking garage all night, but that she was not going to be allowed to drive drunk. The inebriated friend got louder and more demanding. I whispered to Domarina, “Will she let you drive her car home?” Domarina asked her friend the same question. At first she refused that offer too. I told Domarina that if she succeeded in getting her friend to let her drive the car, we would follow them and bring her back to this location. After  more arguing, Domarina convinced her friend to let her drive her home. Samantha and I followed them to the San Fernando Valley. The friend settled down on the trip and thanked us for our service when we got there. We retrieved Domarina and took her back to where we met her. We also gave her the $10.00 back since she did the driving and saved her friend from an unknown fate.

Domarina is a hero. She put her foot down and would not let her friend drive drunk, no matter how mad her friend was at first. Darren is a hero too. He paid for a stranger to get home safely.

Be a hero! Don’t Say Please – Just Take the Keys!